Information on the IWC Scholarship program appears below. There is also a George and Inez Fabian scholarship program that’s administered by the Greenbush Heritage Foundation. For more information about the Fabian scholarship click HERE.

Applying for IWC Scholarships

The Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison, Wisconsin will again present $5000 in scholarships to seniors who are graduating from a Dane County high school in 2019. Seniors intending to go to a four year program of higher education are eligible for awards as high as $2000. Seniors who intend to pursue a two year degree in a technical or vocational program are eligible for awards as high as $1000. Deadline for submission is April 15th 2019.



To be eligible for the Scholarships offered and administered by the Italian Workmen’s Club, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a senior in a Dane County high school or the immediate family member (son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter) of an IWC or IAWC member.
  • Intend to go on to higher education (higher education is considered enrolling in a course of at least two-year duration at a college, university or technical school which has as its objective the securing of a degree in advance of a high school diploma).
  • Intend to enroll as a full-time student at an institution of higher education
  • Must be of Italian descent. (Defined as having one parent, grandparent or great-grandparent of Italian ancestry OR having an Italian surname.)

Basis of Award

The Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship will be awarded to a student based upon the following criteria:

  • Scholastic ability (i.e. grades and class rank).
  • Need of the student for financial aid.
  • Contributions of the applicant to the school and/or community.
  • Two (2) letters of personal reference from school and/or community leaders.
  • Bonus Points for Association of the applicant’s parents or other relatives with Italian Workmen’s Club and/or the Italian American Women’s Club.

Award Procedures

  • Applications shall be submitted to the Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship Committee on or before April 15th of the applicant’s senior year.
  • The Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship Committee will review applications. The Committee will determine winners on or before May 1st of that year.
  • Determination of the winners will be at the sole discretion of the Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship Committee. A member of the Committee who has a relative applying for this scholarship shall not participate in determination of the merits of that relative’s application.
  • The winners of the scholarship shall be announced on or about June 1st of each year.

2017 Winners

Chiara Alioto from Verona Area High School
Chiara successfully completed community volunteer service requirements (200 hours) for the Silver Cord Program, plus she has volunteered at Festa with her father, Mike Alioto. She plans to attend the 2-year UW Washington County and then transfer elsewhere to continue her studies to become a radiologist. Her father’s side of the family (from Apulia) makes pizza for Christmas, but her mother’s side (from Sicily) provides the traditional seafood on Christmas Eve.

Raya Castronovo from Stoughton High School
Raya was the in-depth editor of the school newspaper, and was one of three who created a new club: The Gender Equality Club, which discusses gender inequality. She took several honors classes. She will be attending Univ. of Colorado at Boulder. She isn’t exactly sure what she will pursue: English, law, political science, or international relations. Her father’s heritage is Sicilian; he died two years ago, and because he never got to travel to any part of Italy, Raya wants to go to the tiny village of Castronovo in Sicily to keep her memories of him.

Sydney Klinzing from Monona Grove High School
Sydney is a VP in the National Honor Society, participated in Skills USA, Model UN, and the swim team. For the past two summers she has volunteered as a teaching assistant in an environmental science and engineering class for children, and went on a church mission trip to Oklahoma to help people with disabilities. She is the daughter of Thomas Klinzing. She plans to double major in geological engineering and geoscience at UW Madison, and wants to do research on sustainable or renewable energy.

Ashley Milanese from Monona Grove High School
Ashley is a member of the National Honor Society, and has been in honors orchestra, honors band, the varsity jazz band, and the show choir band. She has volunteered at
Senior Living Renters, and numerous musical outlets. She will attend Edgewood College as a music major – her main instrument is the violin – and hopes to be accepted into the
Madison Symphony Orchestra. Her Italian heritage virtually shaped her love for music, as have Italian composers: Her favorites are Vivaldi, Corelli, and Telemann. Steve
Loniello is her uncle.

David Charles Morris from Edgewood High School
DC’s mother is second-generation, and his grandparents are Sicilian. A member of the National Honor Society, he was taking honors classes in Latin, chemistry, physics and history. DC is both and athlete and a mathlete. He will attend Notre Dame and major in chemistry and pre-law. His goal is to become a patent attorney. He sees his grandparents about twice a week. His grandfather taught him that being Italian means a lifestyle committed to hard work, family, and faith. They go to Mass together every week.

Liliana Re from Madison West
Liliana is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, cross country, and has been cast in school musicals. She’s also a member of the WSMA state honor
choir and apprenticed with Madison Opera this past year. In her voice lessons, she has been able to sing many arias and songs in Italian. She has spent 75-plus hours of community service, and since 2010 has helped out at Festa Italia with her father, Antonio Re. She plans to major in vocal performance at UM Twin Cities or UW Milwaukee. She plans to study abroad in Italy for a year.

Giovanni Urso from Monona Grove High School
Giovanni has volunteered at numerous places in the community, and been a member of Health Occupational Students of America. He will attend UW Whitewater, and is thinking of becoming a math or history high school teacher. His grandfather is Eugene (Tiny) Urso and
Dominic Urso is his brother; his family means everything to him. He loves to listen to his grandfather – who he sees almost every week – talk about the Bush. Giovanni’s
grandfather taught him to respect people, and he can tell that his customers at the meat market where he works notice his manners and respect.